Happy New Year! I seriously love this holiday because it’s the perfect reason to set new goals for yourself. Although I don’t have a “resolution” this year, I am excited to focus more closely on my health. Instead of limiting things that are “bad” (for example: no sugar, no alcohol, no fun), I’m going to focus on adding more of the good stuff (for example: more veggies, more friends, more laughter).
Also, this year we bought our first home! We are so excited to set up shop and start building memories here. Boy, has it been a process, though.
Here’s the CliffsNotes version of how it went down. Kevin text me a link saying he liked the house. I also liked it. We wanted to take a look even though we didn’t really want to break our lease early ($$$$$$$). We met our realtor at the house that night, came back once more, and decided to make an offer. The next day, they accepted. We popped champagne. The place was ours on the 16th of December. We planned to slap on some paint and move in by Christmas. Perfect!
But this sweet little house needed much more love than we planned on. We loved the layout of the house, the fireplace, the basement and yard, but we knew it needed some paint and a few other upgrades. What we didn’t know was the walls would need 2 coats of paint, the cabinets and trim would need 2 coats (sometimes 3) of paint, that literally every baseboard and window/door trim needed caulk, and that the carpet would need to be replaced IMMEDIATELY instead of down the road.
We are so incredibly thankful that our friend has a paint sprayer and lots of painting experience. We for sure wouldn’t have been able to do all this without him. Fast forward two weeks and we’re all moved into the house! It’s been a whirlwind! But it’s so much better already and it’s ours 🙂
We still have so much to do, but it’s a work in progress. It’s hard for me because I don’t like to start a job and not finish it. I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that we’ll have to work on this place a little a time. In the meantime, we can look at gray walls with white trim and pretty white cabinets instead of oak, orange, red, and more oak. Yes, please.
Here are some before and after pictures:
I’ll definitely post more as we make our way through our to do list(s), but wanted to share some of the work we’ve done! At this time, we’re taking a little break from painting, unpacking, and decorating. We’re enjoying a little R&R on this Sunday afternoon. I’m off to take Chief for a snowy walk. Have a great week!